2010 saw Barcelona and Madrid drift further apart when the two cities took opposite sides on the future of bullfighting in the country. While Catalonia voted to ban the sport, Madrid's local government declared it a protected piece of the region's culture, effectively elevating its status and snubbing its northern neighbor. Trabblrs, like the Spanish people, will surely have divided views on whether bullfighting is a symbol of animal cruelty or national heritage or both. Whichever stance you take, however, a visit to Madrid's famous bullring can still be an educational and memorable experience.
Bullfights are seasonal and occur every Sunday from the first week of March until the end of October. Though we have to admit that we've heard most spectators leaving underwhelmed by the performance. Tickets range from as little as €5 to as high as €150 and can be purchased at the door.
Even if you don't want to watch a fight, you can still take tours of Las Ventas. The group can choose to take an audio-guided tour or a private guided tour. Either way, you'll be able to tread on the sand of the ring, which is a pretty exhilarating experience!
Meeting point: At the box office. The closest Metro stop is Ventas on the Red / 2 and Green / 5 Lines.
Leaders, please state in the Comments below whether you're going for a bullfight or tour. Please click here for the ring's opening hours.